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Women leading the charge in London HealthTech

Meet the powerhouses transforming healthcare in the United Kingdom

In the vibrant metropolis of London, behind the scenes of the HealthTech revolution, there exists a group of remarkable individuals – technical and product leaders – who are driving significant change and making a profound impact on how we think about the healthcare sector. These four brilliant minds, with a combined 50 years of experience innovating health technology, are shaping the future of the industry, whilst bringing attention to important issues like lack of accessibility, or the data gaps in healthcare. Let’s meet the women working tirelessly to lead the way across Big Data, Cycle and Ovulation tracking and more!

Dr. Maria C. Dunford, CEO & Founder at Lifebit

Biotechnology Research

Dr. Maria C. Dunford, CEO & Founder at Lifebit, holds a PhD in Biomedicine, MSc in Bioinformatics, and BSc in Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics. She is a biotech innovator and a proud geek, expert in bioinformatics, medical informatics, and high-performance computing (HPC). She is also a passionate entrepreneur. She has already founded two companies, Innovation Forum Barcelona and the Techstars-backed Lifebit. At Lifebit, they are pushing forward the frontiers of health and knowledge by democratising access to data. They enable all researchers, whether novice or advanced, to run complex analyses and generate meaningful insights fast.

Lifebit CloudOS is the world’s first federated genomics platform for unified and secure research over distributed big data – wherever data resides.

Nihan Bircan, Engineering Manager at Flo Health Inc

Wellness and Fitness Services

Nihan Bircan is an Engineering Manager at Flo Health Inc, passionate about running healthy, inclusive teams which deliver. With 13 years of experience in software, she has worked for some of the world’s largest tech companies. Nihan has a proven track record of creating teams and team vision from scratch, working in a multicultural environment. She is particularly dedicated to encouraging more women to work in tech. Previously, Nihan worked at Spotify as an Engineering Manager. Flo, on the other hand, is on a mission to build a better future for female health. As the largest app in the Health and Fitness category worldwide, with 60 million monthly active users, Flo supports women and people who menstruate during their entire reproductive lives. It provides curated cycle and ovulation tracking, personalised health insights, expert tips, and a fully closed community to share questions and concerns. Flo prioritises safety and aims to be the most trusted digital source for women’s health information

Helen Flynn, Technical Program Manager at eMed UK

Hospitals and Health Care

Helen Flynn, a highly motivated individual with over 10 years of experience in Product and Program Management in the technology industry, is currently the Technical Program Manager at eMed UK. She initially started as co-founder of a SAAS B2B startup company and now serves as a Technical Program and Delivery Manager in eMed UK (formerly Babylon Health). Helen is looking for a position to utilise her skills working with clients and end users, designing, developing, and launching end-to-end global cloud-based products that customers love. eMed Healthcare UK provides a market-leading digital-first primary care service and chronic care management solutions, offering high-quality, accessible care for all. With a digital-first 24/7 primary care service and quick and easy access to a range of specialists, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists, physios, and mental health practitioners, eMed completes over 1.2 million appointments annually. Their services are tried and trusted, boasting a 4.8* rating in the app store, and over 93% of consultations receiving a 5-star rating. They also operate the GP at Hand practice, the largest GP practice in the UK, on behalf of the NHS. Expanding their services, eMed is focusing on chronic care management to empower people to proactively manage their own health across a wide range of chronic conditions.

Snigdha Jain, Director of Product at Skin Analytics

Hospitals and Health Care

Snigdha Jain is a people-oriented Product Leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and an experimental mindset. With over 17 years of professional experience leveraging emerging technologies and design to drive human-centered innovation across multiple industries, including HealthTech, Fintech, Events on demand, ecommerce, and retail. She has taken a variety of tech products from concept to launch and scaled them globally. Snigdha thrives on collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to brainstorm original ideas, craft and execute on a shared vision, and instil a culture of creative problem-solving. She enjoys breaking down seemingly incomprehensible problems into smaller, more achievable bites with a focus to drive the most effective problem solving and co-creating with stakeholders. Skin Analytics is working for a world where no one dies from skin cancer by deploying their AI medical device, DERM, to create the world’s most advanced skin cancer pathways. Proudly working with NHS dermatology teams, Skin Analytics deploys AI-powered skin cancer pathways. These pathways enable NHS organisations to discharge benign lesions earlier in the pathway, thereby tackling backlog, freeing up out-patient delays, and crucially, reserving limited dermatology capacity to prioritise patients with skin cancer by focusing on providing potentially life-saving treatment.


London’s HealthTech sector is flourishing, thanks to these incredible leaders who are driving innovation and change in the industry. With their passion, expertise, and dedication, they are not only revolutionising healthcare but also inspiring the next generation in STEM.

Let’s work together on building a more equitable tech industry – one tech team at a time.

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